A year later, Game One of the President’s Cup didn’t sellout despite fans having six days to get ’em. That’s quite disappointing.
Sea Dogs president Wayne Long said this in a news release this past week:
“I’m picturing a sellout crowd and a sea of white for every game of the finals,” said Sea Dogs President Wayne Long. “We have had great support from our fans all year, now this is a chance to take it to the next level.”Well, that fan support didn’t quite get to the next level. The crowd of 5,727 is well short of a complete sell-out (which includes standing room) of 6,488. In fact, the crowd wasn’t even the largest of the playoffs so far in Saint John.
Yes, it was a Thursday night. Yes, it was raining. Yes, Station St. is a nightmare right now. But this is the President’s Cup final, THE PRESIDENT’S CUP FINAL, where the No. 1 junior team in the country can smell a birth in the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Anyone who reads this blog will know we’ve been critical of attendance in the past. Other than the home opening weekend, the crowds have been good this year. After three of the last four regular season home games sold out, it looked like that excitement might carry over into the playoffs. But after seven playoff games at Harbour Station, there has yet to be a packed house.
We just don’t get it. Game One should have been sold out.
But, hey, at least this isn’t Mississauga.